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Regularization and the small-ball method I: Sparse recovery

Guillaume Lecué and Shahar Mendelson

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We obtain bounds on estimation error rates for regularization procedures of the form \begin{equation*}\hat{f}\in\mathop{\operatorname{argmin}}_{f\in F}(\frac{1}{N}\sum_{i=1}^{N}(Y_{i}-f(X_{i}))^{2}+\lambda \Psi(f))\end{equation*} when $\Psi$ is a norm and $F$ is convex.

Our approach gives a common framework that may be used in the analysis of learning problems and regularization problems alike. In particular, it sheds some light on the role various notions of sparsity have in regularization and on their connection with the size of subdifferentials of $\Psi$ in a neighborhood of the true minimizer.

As “proof of concept” we extend the known estimates for the LASSO, SLOPE and trace norm regularization.

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Ann. Statist., Volume 46, Number 2 (2018), 611-641.

Received: February 2016
Revised: January 2017
First available in Project Euclid: 3 April 2018

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Primary: 60K35: Interacting random processes; statistical mechanics type models; percolation theory [See also 82B43, 82C43] 62G08: Nonparametric regression
Secondary: 62C20: Minimax procedures 62G05: Estimation 62G20: Asymptotic properties

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Lecué, Guillaume; Mendelson, Shahar. Regularization and the small-ball method I: Sparse recovery. Ann. Statist. 46 (2018), no. 2, 611--641. doi:10.1214/17-AOS1562.

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  • Supplementary material to “Regularization and the small-ball method I: sparse recovery”. In the supplementary material we study a general $X$ without assuming it is isotropic.